I… am, i-Ticus.

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“Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak: Lay open to my earthy gross conceit, Smoth’red in errors, feeble, shallow, weak,… Are you a god? Would you create me new? Transform me then,…”

There are over 7 billion kinds of people in this world. So I’ve heard. And yet, ever since I could remember, someone always managed to confidently pronounce there are really only two kinds. But it does not stop there. Almost without fail, they can follow up with an explanation; an analogy; a comparison of the two. I would be in awe of this superior human awareness I obviously lack myself, be it not for the fact that no one can seem to agree what these two kinds actually are – ever!

How could we even begin to list the many kinds; the countless types, and to which degrees people are all different? This effort will certainly interfere with my goal to simplify life, damnit! Wait… maybe that’s it! There are people who want simple lives, and those who want complicated ones. Those who need chaos to succeed and those who thrive on order and predictability. Those who thirst for knowledge and growth, and those who insist on teaching and giving to their fellow man. The angels of Satan and spawns of Heaven! Heathens and Holy men! Blackberries… iPhones?

Maybe Mick Jagger was right after all. Every sinner… a saint. Or maybe it was Shakespeare that was right… Life is a Comedy of Errors – especially that third act!

We are all just basically the same. They are all just basically the same. I am just basically the same. And so are you.

In this sense, we are all clones. But there is something that differentiates us. Something that makes us unique. Very early on, we are all thrown mixed-messages and overwhelmed with rules and laws we don’t understand. We learn to be like no one else in the world at the same time we look for ways to belong. How fucked-up is that?! Or if you’re one of those cup-half-full clones, then “How marvelously wonderful is that?!”

Creativity is what differentiates us.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to greet someone and wish them a wonderful day first thing in the morning – we just do it. There isn’t a right or wrong way to methodically and systematically undermine someone’s welfare by plotting and sabotaging their plans – we just do it. And we all do it differently. We are very creative clones, indeed.

But I digress… Maybe I am in awe. And in awe, in my own and uniquely creative way. How marvelously fucked-up is that?

“Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak: Lay open to my earthy gross conceit, Smoth’red in errors, feeble, shallow, weak,… Would you create me new? Transform me then, and to your pow’r I’ll yield.”

We… are, i-Ticus.

About The Author

I made a choice to enter the real estate field early while considering pursuing a career either as an architect, psychologist, musician or an active duty U.S. Marine. Starting as a full time Realtor and a top agent in my first office, I quickly realized I had to expand my knowledge and education into the commercial market to better serve both my clients and customers. Experience through a varied background in many aspects of the business is what I have earned since 1987, including studying abroad for partner market investments, active memberships with National Real Estate Associations, local Equal Housing committees, and neighborhood Chambers of Commerce. Continuing education has proven to me that the industry is ever changing, and we all must meet the needs and demands of our previous and future clients and customers on local, national, and international scopes. Being proud and very grateful to have worked with the most successful and professional companies in Chicago such as Prudential, Coldwell Banker, and Rubloff only re-affirmed that the most important professional relationship in my industry is, and will continue to be directly between each Realtor and each individual client and customer. The real estate industry has changed and evolved dramatically, at the fastest pace ever in only these past few tumultuous years. Today, again I have made a choice to position myself to best use the myriad of resources available to me, to first and foremost, benefit my clients' needs above any franchise or companies' business strategy. I have been presented many Real Estate awards throughout my career. But one that I hold in high regard is a professional QSC designation with an almost 100% rating for referral, satisfied, and repeat clients. My work and reputation within the Real Estate community, business referral partners and fellow Realtor colleagues is also an indelible part of my business practice. As a Chicago Bucktown / Wicker Park resident and property owner, I greatly appreciate being able to invest personally in this market and donate a small portion from each of my closing commissions to the Chicago Mercy Home for Boys and Girls organization assisting abused and homeless children. I have always sustained and invested in my real estate career, and will continue as long as I am able to be productive, make a positive difference and truly enjoy it. It is important to me that my clients, customers and collegues enjoy it as well!

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